BOSTON — Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez left Fenway Park to go to the hospital with back spasms so severe he collapsed leaving the clubhouse Saturday night.
"He was in a tough position," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said after New York beat Boston 3-2. "He couldn't walk. He was in bad shape. Spasms was the word that they used. How long do spasms last? What is his history with that? I really don't know."
Rodriguez, a three-time All-Star who saved a major-league record 62 games for the Angels last season, came to the Mets for a three-year, $37 million free agent contract over the off-season.
He is 12 for 12 in save opportunities, including a perfect ninth Friday night against Boston, and is 1-0 with an 0.87 ERA in 20 games this season.
• The Brewers are holding shortstop J.J.Hardy out of the lineup at least through today because of back spasms. Hardy, a graduate of Sabino High School, was hurt while running the bases Friday night against the Twins and left in the fourth inning. He was out of the lineup Saturday.
• Braves left-handed pitcher Tom Glavine gave up three runs and five hits over three innings in his rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday night. He had shoulder and elbow surgery nine months ago. His last game action was a rehab start April 12, but rotator cuff problems cut that one short.
• Left-handed pitcher David Price, who helped Tampa Bay reach the World Series last year, is expected to be promoted from Triple-A Durham to start Monday at Cleveland. "We haven't officially announced anything yet," manager Joe Maddon said with a smile. "We don't want to tip the Indians off." Price would replace Scott Kazmir (quadriceps strain).
• White Sox left fielder Carlos Quentin caught a fly ball in the fifth inning Saturday and crashed into the wall. Quentin, who has been bothered by a sore left heel, initially stayed in the game but left after grounding out to end the sixth.
• Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he thinks right-handed pitcher Joba Chamberlain will be able to make his next scheduled start Tuesday night at Texas. Chamberlain left in the first inning Thursday when he was hit on the inside of his knee by a line drive. If Chamberlain can't take his regular turn, Chien-Ming Wang could get the start, Girardi said.
• Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel will miss at least one more game. Manager Tony La Russa says Ankiel will not play today. Ankiel has been sidelined with a bruised right shoulder after crashing headfirst into an outfield wall May 4.
• Braves third baseman Chipper Jones missed his second straight game Saturday with a sore right big toe.
• Philadelphia's Brad Lidge, who converted all 48 save chances in 2008 — including the postseason — during his first year in Philadelphia, has blown three of 11 opportunities this season.
• Rangers third baseman Michael Young was ruled out of Saturday's game against the Astros with a sprained right ankle. The team said X-rays revealed no fracture, and Young is day-to-day.